Dublin Institute of Technology

Keywords: Participatory Methods for AT design; health informatics; open technology source experts.

Dublin Institute of Technology is one of Ireland’s largest third-level institutions, with a student population of 22,000 students, undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in business, sciences, engineering, tourism and arts. Constituent colleges of DIT were established in the 1880s. DIT is currently developing a new campus at Grangegorman and along with IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght is applying for Technical University status.

DIT is a centre of excellence for the KNX technology that is widely used for assisted living installations across Europe and Internationally. In Ireland, in addition to the expertise of DIT academics in this area, and familiarity with a wide range of KNX devices, the DIT team have direct access to a network of hundreds of experienced KNX installers. Therefore, DIT researchers are in a position to facilitate development of KNX-based installation of AT solutions that are developed within the IDEATE project.

The skill set of DIT Engineering, Product Design, Computer Science, researchers would also enable rapid adoption of other mature technologies such as Zigbee, X10, Bluetooth, Android and iPhone apps, Google NEST , RESTful web and many others.  

Should there be a need, DIT is in a position to leverage a two-level model based EHR system to provide context support for collected activity data. This would require significant (and novel) definition of appropriate archetypes to suit AAL using existing and mature (and freely available) tools. Through the work of Pearl O’Rourke and Dr Bernard Timmins in the School of Manufacturing and Design, DIT have a methodology and associated instrument for user-centred and user-led design of AT.

  • Key Contacts

    Dr Damon Berry (damon.berry@dit.ie), School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, has been involved in the health informatics research since he began working as a researcher with Mercers Institute for Research into Aging following completion of his Masters in 1995. His research interests in health informatics range from medical devices, health data quality, electronic health records, and health monitoring/AAL and clinical guidelines. Since 2002 Damon has been a member and is now the vice Chair of the NSAI National Health informatics Mirror Panel for ISOTC215 and CENTC251. He represents NSAI on the HIQA eStandards Advisory Group (eSAG), and is also a founding member of the health informatics academics group of the health informatics society of Ireland.

    Dr John Gilligan (john.gilligan@dit.ie) is a lecturer in the School of Computing, DIT. For over 20 years, he has been involved in software design and development and has lectured on many course modules in Universal Design, Assistive Technology and Web Accessibility, at Undergraduate, CPD and Masters Level. He has participated in many AT projects. He has also been part of the development of many Assistive ICT applications, including Switch access games, maths authoring systems and aptitude tests and navigation aids and clothes locators for the visually impaired. Modelling AT Systems using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) has been a central theme of his research efforts and has produced a number of publications in this regard. He has participated in a systematic review of recent application of the ICF for the CEUD.

    Noreen Laydon (noreen.laydon@dit.ie)Environmental Health Sciences Institute (ESHI). In December 2011 Dr Noreen Layden joined DIT as Head of EHSI. Dr Layden has a strong academic background that includes an MSc and PhD in Environmental Sciences.  She worked in the private sector in regulatory compliance and environmental consultancy where she managed environmental impact assessments and implemented quality and environmental management systems.  Prior to joining DIT, Dr Layden worked as Program Director for Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, USA where she designed and developed programs in environmental science and engineering.